A gallery of photos taken in and around the New Forest, to encourage you to explore and suggest ideas of places to visit and activities you may enjoy.
Map reading in the New Forest - we provide a map for you to use during your stay
Exbury Gardens near Beaulieu is a lovely garden to explore
This area of the New Forest is known as Ashley Walk and is know for bing used as bombing range during the 2nd World War.
Cadmans Pool in the New Forest is a favorite spot for birds and they come right up to the car park.
Th New Forest Show, Hampshire Show, Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally, Ellingham Show and Romsey Show are fantasitc local events featuring traction engines.
Sunrise at Hatchet Pond near Bealieu - you can park on the side of the pond and enjoy a frosty sunrise in winter.
A carriage ride through the New Forest in Winter
Watersports on Keyhaven River near Hurst Castle
Frosty morning at Hatchet Pond
Fishing boats on Lymington Quay.
Horse Riding in the New Forest
Cattle roam freely and graze the forest lawns
An 11 year old guest enjoying the spring sunshine at Keyhaven, with the nature reserve and crabbing bridges.
Furzey Gardens, a magical garden with fairy doors and a thatched tea room.
A walk along the sea wall near Lymington's Sea Water Baths
You do not have to travel far to see a New Forest pony and a foal in May.
A fantastic cliff top walk at Milford on Sea in the winter sunshine.
Just a 8km accessible walk from your holiday cottage could enable you to enjoy moments like this. Ideas of places to visit can be found in the useful information section - there are also suggested routes in the holiday cottage ready for you.
A walk into the forest near Ober Corner carpark and you may be lucky and spot Fallow deer.
Milford on Sea has a lovely cafe, views if the Needles, Hurst Castle and a lovely tarmac path to walk along.
New Forest Lavender is a lovely spot to enjoy in the summer.
Lymington Bandstand at Bath Road has a regular program os Sunday concerts in the summer.
Lepe beach, great views of the Solent - watch the tankers come into Southampton Water too.
Drive through the forest and ponies are grazing on the verges
Avon Beach - lovely sandy beach, a tarmac promenade and ice cream!
Wilverly Enclosure, great for dog walking and a circular route to follow.
Family fun at New Forest Wildlife Park.
Ferrari Day in July in Lymington - amazing supercars to view.
Kite Surfing along Hurst Spit near Keyhaven. A great spot for crabbing too!
A Stag in early Autumn near Ober Corner car park.
Local photographer - New Forest Wildlife Images with a donkey foal in summer.
Close encounters at New Forest Wildlife Park
Autumn bike ride near Highland Corner car park
We would love to see a photo from your holiday - please share it with us.
The Iron Age house at Testwood Lake Nature reserve
Surfers at Boscombe.
Milford on Sea sunset
Autumn forest walks from Standing Hat car park.
Summer picnics at Testwood Lakes.
Romsey Show is in September, the New Forest Show is in July - both fantastic events.
sunset on Boscombe Pier.
Ponies near Beachen Wood Car park.
Pedall New Forest - enjoying an accessible bike ride.
Close encounters at Libertys
Furzey Gardens in Summer
A forest walk near Knightwood Oak
Cycling in the New Forest near the Ladycross estate
Bird Watching is very popular on the Lymington to Keyhaven coastal path.
An artist at work near Castle Hill, inspired by the natural beauty of the New Forest.
A secret garden hidden behind Lymington URC in the High Street.
The walk from Keyhaven back to Lymington along the nature reserve
Helen one of the owners is a photographer and she enjoys capturing photos of the New Forest area, she finds that photos help inspire her to visit more places, so she has tried to include a variety of images on this page of places she thinks would be great for you to explore too. In many cases the location given gives you an idea of where to start exploring, it could be a town, village or a New Forest car park.
If Helen was to describe what she would liked to photograph most it would be "things that make you smile", being out in the New Forest and spotting a deer, enjoying a sunshine or just seeing people having fun and enjoying the local area are certainly high on her list. You can see more examples of her work on www.renoufdesign.co.uk
Helen would love the opportunity to capture more of guests enjoying their New Forest holidays, and is more than happy to arrange a photoshoot with you during your holiday. As a special offer (exclusive to Our Bench Self Catering guests), Helen would be delighted to arrange to meet you at one of her favorite local locations, take a gallery of images and provide you with 6 free digital images from the shoot on condition that we are able to use the photos to promote our cottages. You can then view the online gallery once you return home, and have no obligation to purchase anymore. Digital Images are normally £19.99 each, with prints from just £10. If you would like to arrange this then please let us know once you have booked your holiday.
Sam and his parents photographer in the holiday cottage
Sam and his Dad
Sam and his wheelchair
Dusk is often when you can spot deer, but this evening the spot was being enjoyed by dog walkers..
The Coastal path at Hengistbury Head is enjoyable by power chair or land train.
Amazing family fun on a Woodland play trail at Moors Valley Country Park.
Meeting the animals at Longdown Activity Farm
Meeting the fish in the Oceanarium
The landmark Yew Tree near Lyndhurst known as Bolton's Bench.
The courtyards behind the shops become entertainment space in Lymington during the summer
Lymington BCarnival is held in July every year.
Every Saturday in Lymington there is a traditional market held along the length of the High Street.
The ponies graze as the heather blooms in September near Longslade Bottom.
Highcliffe Castle - tea rooms and a walk through the nature reserve onto Mudeford.
Park alongside the lily ponds at Hatchet Moor.
The historic village of Buckers Hard once famouse for its ship building.
A roe deer walking through the September heather.
The Bournemouth Airshow is an amazing 4 days festival of planes towards the end of August.
The forestry commission feed the deer at Boldrewood during the summer months in the afternoons.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery - a great way to discover more about Lymington's smuggling past!
Lepe beach is a lovely spot for dog walking, and a stunning cafe whatever the weather.
Have a go at Archery with an instructor.
Watching for deer at Boldrewood
The tiny lighthouse at Lepe.
Family walks in the New Forest
Sunset on the Lymington to Keyhaven nature reserve
Bluebell woods appear in the New Forest in May
Donkey Foals in a New Forest Car Park - these are wild animals, so please do not feed them.
The Lighthouse at Hurst Castle along the shingle bank.
Foxgloves appear in the New Forest in June.
Driving round the forest, the New Forest foals feed by the roadside.
The forest ponies graze on buttercup covered lawns in summer.
Freedom to follow your own path and explore safely as a family.
Summer on a disused railway line - now a cycle path and a pleasent walk through the New Forest - you can pick up this route from Longslad Bottom car park.
We would love to see a photo from your holiday - please share it with us.
Picnics at Amberwood in the New Forest
Tadpole spotting and stone tossing at Janesmoor Pond in summer.
Enjoying a coffee at Hengistbury head - lots of regular customers fly in here!
Bring a chair, sit back and watch the dragonflies at Hatchet Moor.
Lymington Quay in summer
Ponies on Whitefield Moor in summer
There are lots of other amazing photographers in the New Forest that could inspire you to explore the New Forest - we would also like to introduce you to Yvonne - Yvonne is New Forest Wildlife Images, a photographer who share photos almost everyday of Facebook - takes amazing wildlife photos and is a wheelchair user. Yvonne has a huge amount of patience, she is often up early to take her photos and gets around the New Forest in either her wheelchair, on her scooter or on her hand peddle bike. She has told me one of the advantages of being a wheelchair user is that you can creep quietly on the animals and see through the hedge rows to the delights beyond.
We recommend following her facebook page for an insight into the wildlife you may see. New Forest Wildlife Images